Goodbye Granny

It is unfortunate that our first announcement of 2017 has to be about the death of J2, known to most as Granny, the oldest southern resident. At an estimated 105 years of age, we knew that the day was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Especially since all we seem to do lately is announce whale deaths. As we have expressed in past blog posts, not all losses are felt equally. Despite her age, the loss of J2 is particularly hard to take. Many of us feel that it is the end of an era, as the number of whales alive at the beginning of the study has shrunk down to less than a handful. J2 is arguably the most famous of all the southern residents, not just because of her age

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